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The Oscar Nominees: Zootopia (2016)

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The Oscar Nominees: Zootopia (2016)

From now until February 26th, I will be taking to be taking a brief look at the nominees for The 89th Annual Academy Awards, one film at a time in several categories. Nominated for: Best Animated Feature _________________________________________________________ The greatest joy of going to the movies, for me, is the joy of discovering something that […]

| February 10, 2017
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The LEGO Batman Movie (2017)

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The LEGO Batman Movie (2017)

Reporting on The LEGO Batman Movie is a little tough on your average critic.  There’s nothing heavy to report on this hurricane of jokes and self-referential humor except to tell you whether I laughed or I didn’t laugh.  And yes, I laughed – quite a bit in fact.  As a matter of fact the whirlwind […]

| February 10, 2017
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Moana (2016)

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Moana (2016)

Disney’s Moana finally crosses my path almost a month after its national debut, right here on Christmas Day – a little mele kalikimaka from America’s unofficial dream factory. My first observation: It’s Disney, it’s very very Disney, from top to bottom.  This movie couldn’t be Disney if you showed it in the theme park in […]

| December 25, 2016
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Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

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Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Batman: The Killing Joke clears up the most aggravating problem that I have with the latest glut of superhero movies – the producers always seem afraid to let their characters be characters.  As much as I’ve praised the recent spate of Marvel movies, I must admit that underneath my admiration there always rests a tiny […]

| July 25, 2016
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The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

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The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

The timing may be tricky for The Secret Life of Pets which has the misfortune of arriving in the shadow of Finding Dory, a surprise hit that has already raked in over $400,000,000 domestic.  That film, which has been at the top of the charts for the past two weeks surprised everyone not only by […]

| July 10, 2016
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Finding Dory (2016)

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Finding Dory (2016)

I swear I mean this as a compliment; Finding Dory is the most entertaining needless sequel that you’ll see this summer.  It’s true, this sequel wasn’t entirely necessary but if anyone could do it and still make an unnecessary movie that was still entertaining and fun, it had to be Pixar.  For me, that has […]

| June 18, 2016
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Zootopia (2016)

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Zootopia (2016)

The greatest joy of going to the movies, for me, is the joy of discovering something that the filmmakers have worked to turn into something special.  Week after week, I attend the Hollywood product that regurgitates shopworn plots and tired characters that aren’t much deeper than your average rain puddle.   Yet, every once in a […]

| April 2, 2016
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When Marnie Was There (2015)

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When Marnie Was There (2015)

I ask you not to let the following sentence push you away because if it does, you’ll be missing something special. There is a pall of sadness that persists throughout the animated drama When Marnie Was There, for several different very distinct reasons. This is a perfectly modulated drama about the search for personal identity, […]

| February 4, 2016
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